2013 iMac w/ 1TB hdd... recommendations on using SSD for boot

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  1. triple-tap macrumors 6502

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    Hello all,

    I have a 27" iMac (2013) with the standard 1tb hdd. I bought it at best buy w/ gift cards and financing offers, so a BTO mac wasn't an option at the time.

    In any case, I am exploring the possibility of using an SSD to gain some speed in the daily operation of the iMac.

    I really do NOT want to take the iMac apart at this time (as it is still under warranty), so my only option is an external boot drive.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on which method of connection to use (USB3.0 vs. thunderbolt)? I know that enabling trim is limited to thunderbolt enclosures, but is it THAT big of a deal to justify the extra cost (~$80 more for a thunderbolt enclosure)?

    Also, I plan to use a 128gb or 256gb Samsung SSD as the actual drive. Anything I should know before pulling the trigger on one of these?

    Thanks in advance for all of the comments.
     
  2. Shazaam! macrumors member

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    A 128 GB boot drive using an USB3 external connection is all that you need and will be indistinguishable in speed from a Thunderbolt set-up.
     
  3. scapegoat81 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a question to add to this post. I plan on getting an iMac soon & would like to upgrade to the internal SSD pretty much for the speed. Now would a 256gb SSD be enough storage for the OS, apps, app data, caches, etc ? I don't do any photo or video editing besides some Handbrake encoding once in a while. Other than that just email, messaging, web browsing, & using it as a Plex server but media will be on an external drive. The occasional Word & Excel documents also. I'd like to avoid getting the 512gb SSD & save a few hundred $$ if I can. Thanks
     
  4. Shazaam! macrumors member

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    Yes, assuming that large iTunes and photo libraries are stored on an external drive.
     
  5. hfg macrumors 68040

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    I would probably get a 256GB or preferably a 512GB LaCie "Rugged" Thunderbolt SSD and velcro mount it to the iMac stand (after removing the orange "life boat" ring) so it wasn't obvious or subject to easy disconnect. Then either CCC clone or fresh install OS X to the SSD and select it as the boot drive.
     
  6. scapegoat81 macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome. Thank you !
     
  7. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    I have a external ssd on my iMac. A 512 gb crucial ssd mx100, in a seagate thunderbolt adapter sitting tucked behind my iMac on a twelve south stand. Ssd was about 200, adapter 80. Cheap and noticeably faster. No problems
     
  8. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Yes, TRIM is that big of a deal and you don't have to pay so much for a good Thunderbolt adapter either. I've been using the Delock 42490 enclosure to boot OS X (and BootCamp) for the past 8 months with no problems. The only negatives are it doesn't have a pass through port (I've got a second unused TB port so no issue) and it doesn't come with a TB cable.

    The Seagate Adapters and Lacie Rugged also are also excellent options, although they're more expensive and bus-powered.
     
  9. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    I have a 240GB SSD in my 2011 along with the standard 1TB HD that t came with. I only have 90GB on the SSD, my large libraries are on EHD connected by FW800 with the exception of my Aperture library which is on the 1TB internal. This setup works like a charm.
     
  10. scapegoat81 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a little confused. U have the 1TB that it (iMac ?) came with along w/ the SSD inside ? So u have 2 hard drives in your iMac ? & what's an EHD ? Sorry not too familiar w/ Mac lingo lol
     

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